Four European Destinations Perfect for an Ultimate Football Experience this Summer
With the UEFA Women's EURO 2022 taking place across England from 6 - 31 July, it's time to get inspired to take a thrill kicking trip. Research from Booking.com, the Official Accommodation Booking Partner of UEFA Women’s EURO 2022™, shows that for 85%* of global travelers, finding thrills and excitement are the main motivations to travel and exciting tournaments like the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 can help inspire travel plans. Travelers can take advantage of cheering alongside fellow fans and absorbing the euphoric atmosphere that the UEFA Women’s EURO will be bringing to life this summer. . With that in mind, Booking.com is sharing four European destinations to make it easier for football fans from all around the world to experience some ultimate European football experience this summer.
England is hosting this year's UEFA Women's Euro 2022™ and Manchester is known as one of the most passionate football cities in the country. Travelers looking for a fun football experience this summer can enjoy a Football Tour with National Football Museum Visit. But besides football, there is much more to explore in the city and perfect for travelers seeking culture, nightlife, and history. Travelers can join a Cheese Crawl to taste the region's different cheeses, Northern Quarter Street Art Tour to explore the city’s hub of art and creativity or join a Private Music Tour to explore Manchester's music scene featuring iconic venues and pubs.
Where to stay: Abel Heywood Boutique Hotel is located in the trendy Northern Quarter, in the center of Manchester. The stylish hotel is a stone's throw from Manchester Piccadilly Train Station, just a short walk from the bustling shops on Market Street. A perfect stay for those travelers eager to visit one of the city’s main football stadiums, as it’s just a short taxi ride away.
The french city of Lyon is the capital of gastronomy and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region but also the birthplace of cinema. Lyon is well known for its historical and architectural landmarks and for being a World Heritage site since 1998. Besides its cultural and gastronomic reputation, the city is also the home of the very well recognized women’s Lyon football team and players. The home stadium is situated a half hour outside the city center of Lyon, but can be easily accessed using a rental car or public transport. But before heading to a match, why not enjoy some of the wonderful local cuisine on offer during a Private 2.5-Hour Lyon Food Tour or absorb the history of cinema and delve into the past and find out how photography and audiovisual techniques developed through the centuries with a trip to the cinema museum. This way, travelers can experience everything that Lyon has to offer be it sport, history, food or culture.
Where to stay: Bayard Bellecour, is an authentic historical house in the heart of Lyon. This hotel is a sounding board for the values and stories of the people of Lyon in the past. Enjoy all the modern comforts in a traditionally decorated building which is located near the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière and the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. This hotel is also easily accessible to Groupama stadium either by car or public transport.
Barcelona, a city that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is famous for Gaudí and other Art Nouveau architecture. One of Europe's trendiest cities, and a hub of new trends, fashion and cuisine. The city is also a proud football city with one of the most renowned stadiums in Europe and continues to be part of the golden history of women's football as it recently set yet a world attendance record for women's football. A Guided Visit to Camp Nou is just a click away where travelers can explore the stadium of a world-renowned football club.
Where to stay: Hotel SOFIA Barcelona, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt is set on Barcelona's Diagonal Avenue, a short walk from the stadium. Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service with designer rooms and an on-site spa for well-being, including water circuits, saunas and steam baths.
Germany is a country of football, and Munich is a great city to have a German football experience. The City Tour with Admission to Allianz Arena is a great place to start so travelers can experience it all in one go. The tour includes a trip across the city, providing the chance to soak up Munich's beer culture, neo-Gothic architecture and wealth of modern art then following with a trip to the training ground of the local team for a behind-the-scenes look at one of Germany's most successful football clubs.
Where to stay: Hotel Metropol by Maier Privathotels is situated in the city center of Munich. The establishments promise superior hospitality and, thanks to their central location near the main train station, provide the perfect starting point for discovering Munich. This Travel Sustainable property is just a short walk from the Theresienwiese, where the Oktoberfest beer festival takes place every year.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 48,413 respondents across 31 markets (2,000 from USA, 1,864 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 2,005 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,020 from Chile, 1,777 from Australia, 818 from New Zealand, 1,999 from Spain, 2,002 from Italy, 1,998 from France, 1,990 from UK, 2,005 from Germany, 2,003 from Netherlands, 985 from Denmark, 999 from Sweden, 910 from Croatia, 918 from Switzerland, 1,986 from Belgium, 998 from Russia, 953 from Israel, 1,999 from India, 1,990 from China, 901 from Hong Kong, 1,775 from Thailand, 1,001 from Singapore, 975 from Taiwan, 1,800 from Vietnam, 1,757 from South Korea, 1,001 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once for business or leisure in the past 12 months, and planning to travel in 2022 and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in January 2022.
**Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who plan to travel for business or leisure in the next 12-24 months. In total 24,055 respondents across 31 countries and territories were polled (including 501 from Argentina, 1003 from Australia, 500 from Belgium, 1001 from Brazil, 500 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1007 from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia, 508 from Denmark, 1002 from France, 1000 from Germany, 1005 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 502 from Israel, 1003 from Italy, 1002 from Japan, 500 from Mexico, 501 from The Netherlands, 501 from New Zealand, 500 from Peru, 1000 from Russia, 1005 from Singapore, 1002 from South Korea, 1002 from Spain, 501 from Sweden, 501 from Switzerland, 504 from Taiwan, 500 from Thailand, 1000 from the UK, 1002 from the US and 501 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in August 2021.